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Thursday, September 18 • 11:35am - 12:25pm
Increasing Access to Healthcare Through Community Collaboration

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Session Description
This presentation is centered on a pilot project in Texas County between the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY), and community partners concerning Access to Care and would be presented as a “lessons learned” session for communities looking to take the first steps in improving their healthcare access within their community.  This presentation will highlight the steps taken to create committees that could focus on the barriers and develop solutions to allow those living in Texas and surrounding counties better access to healthcare, and ultimately to improve their health outcomes.  This strategy includes the exploration of bringing a Federally Qualified Health Center to the area, solving transportation issues, increasing dental services in the area, and more.

The panel will include a representative from OHCA, OCCY, the Access to Care coordinator hired by the grant, and a community partner.  Each panelist brings a separate perspective, but can also address the importance of community-wide collaboration in improving the health care available in rural areas.  As a team they would discuss the different types of partnerships and how roles and responsibilities are divvied up between the groups.  In addition, they can describe the teams they have in place and how they determined its relationship to the others and the appropriate personnel for each.  Along with the qualitative information, the panelists will be able to provide the logistical steps to creating a support system for the team’s goals.


Monica Ronne

Monica Ronne is currently the Texas County Access to Care Coordinator, a partnership between the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. She works to find barriers to accessing healthcare and creates initiatives to improve those barriers. She is also the Regional Family Support Navigator for the Oklahoma Family Network where she supports and helps families who are raising children with special needs... Read More →

Melinda Snowden

Community Relations Coordinator, Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Melinda Snowden is a Community Relations Coordinator at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Melinda holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and has been serving the Northwest region of Oklahoma for OHCA since 2011 from her hometown of Enid. Prior to joining the OHCA, Melinda spent 11 years with Oklahoma Child Support Services, formerly the OKDHS Child Sup-port Enforcement Division.

Thursday September 18, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Boomer Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center

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